Information for Students

All students registered in the Master of Public Health Program in Policy and Management are required to complete a 10 week, 400 hour full-time summer internship in an appropriate health care setting and to write a project paper focused on an operational problem or decision identified during the summer placement. This might be any organizational issue, process management initiative, policy white paper, research project, strategic program or business plan, or any of a number of analyses. Health care settings may include hospitals, managed care organizations, medical groups, government agencies or departments, consulting firms, community organizations, advocacy agencies, or related health settings. Students may work part-time after completing their summer requirement. In the Fall Quarter following the internship, the student enrolls in our Field Studies course, the product of which is the Master's Consulting Report or applied research project based on the summer experience.

Placement Timeline

The internship timeline loosely follows the major milestones identified here:

January-February Recruitment mailing to potential preceptors
MarchPreceptor Recognition and Student Networking Event
March-MayInformational and job interviews
Mid JuneWill have secured internships
Mid June-Early JulyInternships begin
1st week of InternshipContract and Scope of Work submitted to internship office
4th week of InternshipProposal for consulting project due
Late SeptemberInternships end
Late DecemberCompleted consulting reports mailed to preceptors

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